Monday, July 29, 2013

Good Luck Kallina!

This week we've been working a lot with our members!  Ever since Elder Cornish and President Mehr came, all the members are getting to realize that member work is how this work will hasten.
 
We had a FHE with one of our members and they came up with ideas on how they will invite their friends to hear the Gospel.  We had another friend of our recent convert come to church this Sunday, so we're definitely seeing the fruits of member work.
 
We've been helping with the humanitarian container that came in from the church organizing shoes and clothes, it's been very entertaining seeing all the old EFY shirts and clothes from the DI and old Zupas work shirts ... I wonder which state theses clothes came from ... haha.
 
Heads up to any future WIM missionaries that are reading this, President Mehr made a new rule where we can only listen to Mormon Tabernacle Choir and classical music so be sure to get rid of the awesome EFY songs you planned to bring.
 
I guess the biggest news for the family this week from the Crompton family is that Kallina is leaving for her mission to Ecuador.  I wish I was there so see her leave, but I'm so excited for you Kallina!  This is amazing work and you're gunna tear it up down there.
 
Don't have much time.
Much Love,
Sister Crompton
 
Tess in a bucket 
St. Vincent money 
Youth members built their own cart
One of the girls has wild hair ... haha
Our mutual activity -- making braceletes
Views of Bequia

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Work Is Pressing Forward

The work of salvation is pressing forward and we've definitely seen the success of member work.

Our recent convert has been inviting a friend to her Family Home Evenings and that friend finally came to church on Sunday to follow what Christ said and "come and see" what we're all about.

We were blessed enough to have one of our members take us around to everyone he knows in the neighborhood and introduce us to some friends.  So we're planting a lot of seeds right now.

We ended the transfer this past week and I officially hit my 6 month mark.  The most exciting part this week was when Elder Cornish, a General Authority, came to visit St. Vincent.  Of course we talked a lot about member missionary efforts because that's what works and he is definitely right when he says "those who serve, grow."


My experiences these past 6 months, and Elder Cornish's comments to us, has reassured me that the Lord is indeed hastening his work.  He said that a few months before last October's General Conference, President Eyring read D&C 88:73 to all the General Authorities.  It's truly amazing.
(Editor's Note:  Doctrine and Covenants, Chapter 88, verse 73: "Behold, I will hasten my work in its time.")

Time is short but things are going amazing, the work is hard but rewarding.


Much Love,

Sister Crompton


Me scraping off the scales of a fish

The last district meeting of the transfer


A cat starring at the chicken and its chicks...lunch?

A member's dog with its puppy

Brother Drakes and his chickens from the Church's humanitarian aid program

Brother Drakes and his concrete house that he and another member built.  Yes ... it is that small!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Post-Carnival

(Editors Note:  Sister Crompton was informed that she will be in St. Vincent another 6 weeks, so -- if anyone wants to write her -- they should write her soon since the mail takes so long.  Her address is:  Sister Katelyn Crompton, c/o Elder Brent Bird, P.O. Box 601, Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, VC0100.)
 
This week was short but it was good.  After being locked in for Carnival, it was really great to get out and get back to work.
 
The first day out we went to an investigator who knew what we were teaching was true and she was really great.  We went to see her and she opened up the door and said, " I had a dream that I should give this Book of Mormon back to you and I don't think that I should be seeing you anymore."  My heart almost sank but we decided to just sit down and hear her out.  We told to just talk to us for this lesson and if she decided that she still felt the same way that we wouldn't come back.  So we talked and we were able to teach her about the Spirit and compare the things she felt from when we were with her and when she was reading the scriptures to the feeling she felt after her dream.  (BTW- people have a LOT of dreams down here, one of our members says that he knows if any of his daughters is with child when he has a dream that he's fishing and he catches a certain fish, and he says it has happened with all of his grandchildren)  Long story short, she decided that she knew these things were true and that she wanted to continue on with out lessons.

We've also had some great success with member referrals.  One of them told us randomly that he felt it was time to come to our church to see how everything is supposed to go.  So we're pretty excited.

Sister Bratt and I learned how to make doughboy (pronounced doo-boi) from some members in the ward (see pictures below) it was really fun, even though it's just bread, it has coconut that you have to grind and it's real good.  Next week we plan to show them how to make chocolate chip cookies.

Saturday for Young Womens they had a water balloon fight!  It was pretty awesome.  Sister Holden got really wet!  Luckily, I was free from water because I had the camera (good tactic).

This weekend was exciting because Elder Gamiete came (he was the old mission president) and he came to our branch and to the seminary and institute graduation.  Something I noticed was that he never ceased to encourage the members.  He encouraged us in the branch, and kept on encouraging the students.  Chontel, the one member from the Calliaqua Branch that did institute, was recognized for her course completion.
 
This next week Elder Cornish and President Mehr (the mission president) are coming to the island so we're real excited.  For you avid blog watchers, there won't be a post until later on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Much Love,

Sister Crompton


Making "doughboy"

It started as a water balloon fight ...

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Carnival

For all those who were dying for my post on Monday (Mom and Dad) ... unfortunately, we weren't able to go to town to do e-mails.  This week was the infamous CARNIVAL that the West Indians talk about year round.  It's only two days but the people who "play" carnival are pretty much dressed with even less clothing than the Victoria Secret Fashion Show.  So of course the missionaries had to stay inside Monday and Tuesday.

This past week was actually really good.  We've been having a lot of success with member missionary work.  We had an investigator who we've been teaching for a while finally understand priesthood authority.  We've been teaching it to her over and over again, and the time we decided to move on to a whole other topic, she finally understood.  She is neighbors with a member and the next day she came to church.  She is a pretty quiet person and it was fast Sunday so I was surprised when she decided to go up and share her testimony.  It was really awesome.  She talked about what she was reading in Nephi and the members loved it! The next day (Carnival Monday) we had a Movie Marathon at the church, to give them something else to do rather than think about going to Carnival and she came to that as well!  We also had another family come that we're teaching to the Movie Marathon.  We played the "Work and the Glory" and the Emma Smith movie and it was really great because now they have a lot of good questions about our prophet today.
 
I never realized this before as a member of the church, but us members have a huge impact of the people around us and it's so important to be as inviting and open to talk about the gospel. Next week is Transfers so we'll see what happens!
 
Much Love,
 
Sister Crompton

Monday, July 1, 2013

Catching Up ...

(Editors note:  Sister Crompton did not have Internet access last week, so there is not a blog entry for June 24th)

I don't have much time this week but I'll start with a funny story ...
We were talking to a guy who had turned his life around and when he was young, he was in jail a few times.  We were talking about the Bible and the Book of Mormon and we asked if they were allowed to have scriptures in jail.  He said "ohhhh yessss!!!  We loved getting bibles in jail."  He later explained that they didn't read very much of the Bible, but that they would use the papers from the Bible to use to smoke.  He said " I smoked out half of Luke in jail!!" hah
He is now a very nice Christian guy and has completely turned around.  I guess that just goes to show you what happens when you actually READ what's inside the scriptures.
We've been finding a lot of new people this week.  Unfortunately we've had to drop a couple so we're starting fresh.  We've had a lot of luck so far and are really excited about a few new investigators.
Last week we went to our Branch President's house in Sandy Bay which is the VERY top of St. Vincent.  He showed us his garden and we had a real nice visit.  On the way back we went to an abandoned shipwreck that's over 150 years old. 
We watched the "Work for Salvation" this week and it was very inspirational and motivating.  If you are a member and haven't seen it, I encourage you to!
Much Love,
Sister Crompton
Our Branch President showing off his garden
Visiting the abandoned shipwreck